ATbar Peru, Abancay & Hezbollah: the Party of God in the City Where the Gods Speak
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Peru, Abancay & Hezbollah: the Party of God in the City Where the Gods Speak

28/11/2016 | by Scholem Heller, Melissa  

When Peruvian Congresswoman Luciana Leon asked the country’s Minister of Interior to investigate the infiltration of Hezbollah and Sendero Luminoso in relation to the death of man in protests of Las Bambas copper mine on the 14th of October of 2016, the news quickly went viral.

The question of whether Hezbollah has an operating cell in the country and its relationship with the local terrorist group Sendero Luminoso suddenly became more pressing and urgent. This paper aims to explore the presence of a possible Hezbollah cell in Peru and specifically in the city of Abancay and to dissect its relationship with local militant groups and terrorist group Sendero Luminoso.

The paper first addresses Iranian presence and allegations of Hezbollah networks in South America, then tackles the Muslim community of Abancay and their establishment of Hezbollah political party and finally explains the situation in Las Bambas and how it relates to allegations about Hezbollah, local militias and Sendero Luminoso.

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